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Mayor Emanuel: ‘Chicago Will Not Be Blackmailed’ by Trump Administration

The Windy City plans to sue the federal government and “will continue to stand up to President Trump and his Justice Department.”

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Mayors Join With the Anti-Defamation League in Effort to Combat White Supremacy

Mayors say Charlottesville was a “clarion call to create stronger cultures of kindness and compassion in all of our communities.”

This City Made Its Waze Data Actionable Moving to the Cloud

Few of the cities that are part of the navigation app’s Connected Citizens data-sharing program actually do anything with the anonymized trip information they receive because of the volume.


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AT&T’s Lawsuit Challenging Google Fiber Expansion Faces Setback in Louisville

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Montana’s wildfire funding running dry; Peoria’s new apprenticeship program; and a N.Y. public information officer’s unfortunate “butt dial.”

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Cities Enlist ‘Doulas’ to Reduce Infant Mortality

Research suggests that doula-assisted mothers are less likely to deliver babies with low birth weights or birth complications, and more likely to breast-feed their infants.

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In ‘Sanctuary City’ Remarks, Sessions Contrasts Miami-Dade County With Chicago

As the Trump administration looks to tie immigration enforcement compliance to federal grant funding, the U.S. attorney general continues to grumble about the nation’s third-largest city.

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New CDC Report: Teen Overdose Deaths Rose 19% in One Year

As is the pattern for overdose deaths in all age brackets, this spike has been driven primarily by opioids—most notably heroin

Route Fifty Law enforcement form a line across Interstate 94 on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn., in response to protesters who blocked the highway. The protesters were rallying in response to the death of Philando Castile.

The States Trying to Pass Laws Protecting Drivers Who Hit Protesters

After the Charlottesville attack, Republican lawmakers are seeking to distance their efforts to pass driver immunity legislation.

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More Employers May Be Using Temps to Skirt Immigration Laws

States that have required private employers to use E-Verify have seen especially dramatic growth in the number of temporary workers. Experts say that’s no accident.

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California Becomes First State to Challenge Sessions on New Grant Rules for ‘Sanctuary Cities’

The U.S. attorney general may ultimately be forced to craft new regulations, at a time when President Trump wants less.

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Slow Growth for State Personal Income Persists in 2017

North Dakota has seen the fastest annualized growth since the recession and Illinois and Nevada the weakest expansions.

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Durham's Confederate Statue Comes Down

Unwilling to wait for local officials to act to take down a Civil War monument, a group of protesters took matters into their own hands Monday night.

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Supposedly Symbolic, State Travel Bans Have Real Bite

Conference and convention planners say there is a powerful stigma associated with state travel bans, even if they only officially apply to state employees.